Debra Lynn Dadd

Alternative to Aluminum Foil

QUESTION:

Hi Debra - Happy, Healthy New Year to you! I've been reading so much about the problems with using aluminum for cooking. I've figured out really good alternatives to aluminum foil for everything except baking in the oven (such as covering very large roasting pans and covering turkeys with foil tents). I tried parchment paper and it was a mess. I'm afraid to use a heavier paper (such as a cut-up brown paper bag) for fear of contaminants in the recycled & heavily chemically processed wood pulp. Do you or your readers have any alternatives? Thanks so much for your help!

POSTED BY MARY ANNE :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 01/02/2007 6:49 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I don't know what to suggest for this one. My roasting pan has it's own lid. Readers?

If using foil to tent your turkey once or twice a year is your only exposure, and you need to do this, I would go ahead and use the aluminum foil. There are two kinds of toxic exposures: acute (such as drinking drain cleaner) where there is immediate harm, and chronic (such as exposure to pesticide residues in food) where there needs to be regular long-term exposure to cause harm. Aluminum is a chronic exposure, so what you do every day with aluminum exposure is more important than what you do occasionally.

I've learned over the years that different people have different viewpoints about exposure. Some decide to have as little as possible, others reduce exposure but to not attempt to eliminate exposures entirely. It's your choice.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I'm very confused about storing food safe in refrigerator. I just bought glass storage containers from Anchor Hocking thinking these would be great for leftovers. The lids are plastic and the have #7 on the lid ??? My husband alreay took are wrapping off them so I' m stuck with them. Can anyone help ?

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: What is most important about storing food is the material that comes in contact with the food. Glass is better than plastic. The number 7 on your plastic lid means it is made from an "other" plastic that is not recyclable (see about all the numbers at Plastic Recycling Codes). I'm not concerned about your food storage containers. Other things are much more toxic.


POSTED BY BEV :: OHIO USA :: 01/03/2007 2:16 PM


parchment paper works well and it can be used in the oven. It is non-toxic and foods doesn't stick like when using aluminum foil.

POSTED BY MINDY GOLDIS :: MINDY GOLDIS :: GEOCITIES.COM/RAWGIRL35/LUVU.HTML :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 01/04/2007 11:05 AM


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